NFL 2019: ICY HOT TD Week 7

(originally written 10/20/19)

What the hell is NFL ICY HOT TD, anyway? I'll tell you—ICY HOT TD = In Case You Had Other Things To Do.

While some of us are able to watch NFL football all Sunday long and follow it up with postgame analysis/highlight shows well into the night...many of us can't. I aim to bring those fans bits of trivia, data, and news they likely missed on Game Day.


Such as:

 

  • On Thursday Night Football, Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes became the fastest to reach 7,500 passing yards (25 games) as KC rolled over host Denver 30-6.

  • Buffalo beat visiting Miami 31-21, but the Dolphins held a lead for the second time in 2019 (Kalen Ballage's 2Q TD run put them up 7-6, though not for very long.) The Bills' streak of allowing fewer than 250 passing yards ended at 13.

  • Jacksonville traveled to Cincinnati and won 27-17, largely because Bengals QB Andy Dalton accounted for 33 of the team's 33 rushing yards. Not a typo, not a misprint.

  • Minnesota outslugged the Lions 42-30 in Detroit; Vikings QB Kirk Cousins became the first with 300 passing yards and a 130+ passer rating in three consecutive games. His Lions counterpart Matthew Stafford became the league's fastest to reach 40,000 passing yards.

  • Aiding Stafford's cause was WR Marvin Jones, who caught four TD passes. Having done so for Cincinnati years ago, Jones became just the third to have multiple games with four receiving TD's (Jerry Rice, Sterling Sharpe).

  • Indianapolis beat the Texans 30-23, as they benefited from a strange play in which Texans QB DeShaun Watson fired a touchdown pass to WR DeAndre Hopkins...only to have it waved off because he was "in the grasp" of Colts DE Justin Houston (ironically), though not yet down. You be the judge:

  • Green Bay upended visiting Oakland 42-24, with QB Aaron Rodgers achieving the first perfect passer rating of his career (158.3)

  • San Francisco won at muddy Washington 9-0. In doing so, they became the first team in 14 years to go three straight games allowing seven or fewer points and 200 or fewer scrimmage yards.

  • Though Tennessee held off the visiting Chargers 23-20, Chargers QB Philip Rivers managed to pass both Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger for 6th all-time in passing yards.

  • Visiting New Orleans rolled over the Bears 36-25; see the below video for Cordarrelle Patterson's 102-yard kick return TD.

  • More from Chicago: the Bears did little running aside from Patterson, rushing only seven times (an all-time franchise low). QB Mitchell Trubisky wound up with 54 pass attempts, eclipsing his career high by four.

  • On Sunday Night Football In Dallas, the Cowboys blew out the Eagles 37-10, with K Brett Maher becoming the first to kick a third career 60+ yard FG. He'd also done so last week and in 2018.

  • Hard to believe, but for the first time all season, Dallas began a drive in opponent territory! (Then for good measure, they did so again later in the game.)

  • You had to watch New England's 33-0 victory over the host Jets (on Monday Night Football) to fully appreciate how awful they were. The QB, Sam Darnold, was 11-of-32 with four picks; most of the incompletions were miles off-target. A bad snap led to a safety. A punt was muffed and lost. A fumble-six was barely avoided by an accidental down-by-contact. This simply did not look like a professional football team in any way, and the Patriots could have won by 50 if so motivated.

With the Rams winning at Atlanta 37-10, the Cardinals beating the host Giants 27-21, and the visiting Ravens beating Seattle 30-16,, road teams went 9-5 during the week. Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Pittsburgh took bye weeks.

Sources: NFL Primetime, ESPN.com, ProFootballTalk.com, YouTube.com, ProFootballReference.com, USAToday.com and various TV and radio broadcasts